Sorry for dropping this project blog. Life got busy and I wasn’t able to keep posting blog entries here on LumberJocks, but here are the highlights from the posts on my personal site. It’s done! :D I had a few delays I paused ...
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Location: Syracuse, NY
I'm a 33 year old web designer who spends the day sitting in front of a computer designing and building websites that will get thrown away and rebuilt within 3 years. Nothing on the internet lasts. The technologies change every day and you have to be plugged in to keep pace with it.
Three years ago my brother helped me finish my basement into a home theater / family room and I caught the woodworking bug.
Here's an activity where my effort can result in a tangible object of function and beauty that, if done well, will last beyond my lifetime.
Creating objects of function and beauty for the home has become one of the most satisfying experiences in my life.
With each new project I try to add at least one new skill to challenge myself so that I'm always improving. Always learning, always thinking, always creating problems to solve.
I can't say I'm self-taught.
* My brother taught me how to use power tools safely.
* My parents and grandparents taught me the value of a strong work ethic in everything I do.
* Norm Abram taught me that big projects are just a series of small steps connected together.
* Roy Underhill taught me that woodworking can be a soulful activity and that treating a project like a factory assembly line robs the maker of the joy of making.
* Fine Woodworking Magazine and Popular Woodworking Magazine taught me the importance of buying the best tools you can afford and how to use and care for them.
* Paul Sellers taught me that a healthy dose of practicality and common sense can go a long way toward increasing my enjoyment of this hobby. If it works for you, it works.
* Jacob Abbott (author of the Work for Boys books) taught me that just because it's old doesn't mean it's obsolete.
* Gustav Stickley (and his store's showroom) taught me how to build furniture in the Arts & Crafts style.
* Christopher Schwarz taught me many things: that hand tools are safer than, and can be faster and more accurate than power tools, how and why to use them, that I don't need every tool to make every object, and that "Aesthetic Anarchy" is the term for what I've been feeling all along.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.
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Using my Sketchup model as a reference I drew the shape of the corbels onto the prepared stock, and cut it out roughly on the bandsaw. Then with sandpaper and a card scraper I smoothed them out to their final shape. I forgot to take a photo of...
The top and bottom rail both get rabbets for the mirror and backer board to fit into. The top rail has an extra wide rabbet because most of it is going to be cut away to form the top arc. Rather than pay extra for a curved top edge on the mirror,...
Marking the TenonsI chose to start with the top rail. I used my precision double square to set my marking gauge to the correct distance, and scored the shoulders of the tenons, then the cheek cuts. This particular part is going to have an arc cu...
I decided it was too confusing trying to build the bench and the mirror at the same time, so I’m making the mirror first, because it’s simpler. I’ll have less to think about if I get it out of the way. So Step 0: Stop. Go re...